CEO and Board

Penny Egan B.BUS(Acc), FCPA, GAICD - Chief Executive Officer

Penny was appointed CEO in May 2013.

Before joining Cancer Council Tasmania, Penny was the Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services and Forestry Tasmania and has more than 20 years’ experience in business.  Penny has a Bachelor of Business degree, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Allyson Warrington BBus, FAMI, CPM, FAICD - President

Board Director since September 2011.

Allyson was previously the CEO of General Practice Training Tasmania and the General Manager Tasmania of CPA Australia. Allyson is a Primary Health Tasmania Board Director, a Board Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Allyson’s former non-executive director roles include Director of the Tasmanian Polytechnic, President of the Australian Marketing Institute (Tas) and Public Relations Institute of Australia (Tas). She also holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and International Business) and Company Directors Course Diploma,  is a Certified Practising Marketer, Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Bowker BSc MComm GAICD - Vice President

Board Director since September 2011.

David has an Engineering degree from the UK and a Master of Commerce degree from Cape Town University. He has worked for Caltex and de Beers in several countries prior to joining Hydro Tasmania in 1991. During his time at Hydro Tasmania, David was the inaugural winner of the Sir Allan Knight Scholarship which allowed him to study energy markets in the UK. He has had roles within Hydro Tasmania in information technology, corporate strategy and energy policy areas. David retired from Hydro Tasmania in December 2016 but still chairs an international working group studying systemic market risk.

David was the deputy chairman of the board of the National Generators Forum for 6 years, an industry association of electricity generators across Australia and his particular interests lie in strategy and governance.

Andrew Paul DipAppSc (EnvHlth), GradDipMgt, Williamson Fellow, FAICD - Chairman Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Board Director since September 2014.

Andrew was previously the General Manager of Clarence City Council and the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greater Bendigo. He has qualifications in Applied Science, Management and is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Previously, Andrew has served as a Board Member of St Luke’s Anglicare (Vic), Anglicare Tasmania and St Michael’s Collegiate School (Deputy Chair).
Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Harvey Cuthill OAM Ph.C. M.P.S MAICD

Board Director since 1997

Harvey has worked in the area of community pharmacy since graduating from the University of Tasmania in the late 1960’s. Harvey is a life member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, and served as a national councilor and vice-president of the Guild’s Tasmanian branch.

In 2009, Harvey received an Order of Australia medal for service to pharmacy through the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, and to the community of Launceston through service, health and sporting organisations.
Harvey was Chairman of CCT from 2003 – 2006.

Kelly Bowring BCom (Acc,Fin), CA, MAICD

Board Director since October 2019

Kelly is a CA qualified senior finance and strategy professional with 12+ years experience in financial reporting, strategic planning, forecasting and commercial analysis across a number of large organisations.

Kelly’s professional career started out at KPMG where she worked in the Business Services area and was responsible for a portfolio of SME and individual clients. After spending five years here, she ventured into commercial finance with roles at Carlton & United Breweries and Hobart Airport before moving to Adelaide with her family and taking up a senior finance role with Alinta Energy.  After returning to Hobart in early 2016, Kelly decided it was time for a career change and followed her passion for business strategy with a senior strategy role at TasWater. She has since secured a senior leadership position with TasNetworks and is currently leading its new subsidiary business 42-24.  She is continually growing and developing her professional skills and expertise.

Outside of work, Kelly is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters. She loves spending quality time with her girls, her partner and his children whenever she can and also enjoys keeping fit and active.

A/Prof Rosemary Harrup FRACP FRCPA

Board Director since May 2015

After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Clinical Associate Professor Rosemary Harrup trained at the Launceston General Hospital, Austin and Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Hobart Hospital in both Medical Oncology and Clinical Haematology, completing a dual Fellowship in 2001.

She is a fulltime cancer clinician and currently Head of Department (Medical Oncology/Haematology) at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Director of the Cancer Clinical Trials unit RHH and the immediate past Chair of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia. She has a strong interest in clinical research particularly in the area of Cancer Clinical Trials. Rosemary is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Tasmanian Cancer Registry Advisory Committee and of the RHH Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee and was previously a member of the CCT Scientific Advisory Group for over 10 years before joining the Cancer Council Tasmania Board early in 2015.

Mai Frandsen BPsych, PhD

Board Director since October 2017

Mai is a research fellow at the University of Tasmania, working on promoting health behaviour change, and particularly smoking cessation. In 2014, she received a 3-year Cancer Council Tasmania-supported postdoctoral fellowship to conduct a trial using incentives and partner support to promote smoking cessation among Tasmanian pregnant women.

Mai’s other research interests include perinatal and refugee health, health promotion and psychology, community empowerment and disaster preparedness. Above all else, Mai is deeply passionate about translating research into practice, and as such, has consulted and worked with a number of Tasmanian service providers including the Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Health Service, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Drug Education Network and Migrant Resource Centre.

Jennifer Garden MN BTeach

Board Director since October 2017

Scottish born and New Zealand expat, Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Tasmania in 1993, then went on to complete a Bachelor of Teaching in 2004. During a sixteen year perioperative career at Launceston General Hospital Jennifer contributed to the nurse education program and the senior management team prior to working on two major health IT projects for DHHS. Jennifer then relocated to NW Tasmania, joining the Mersey Community Hospital staff before making , a permanent move to the Port Sorrel area where she pursued an exciting new role and senior management opportunities within the Child Health and Parenting Service.

As a committed life-long learner Jennifer is due to complete a Master of Nursing Leadership with James Cook University in November 2017, and has been concurrently studying towards a Master of Business Administration (Health Management) with University of Tasmania. Jennifer’s many professional interests include leadership and clinical governance; safety, risk and quality improvement; change management; research and evidence based practice.

Professor Gregory Peterson BPharm (Hons), PhD, MBA, FSHP, FACP, FPS, AACPA, ARPharmS, GAICD

Board Director since October 2017

Greg is Co-Director of Health Services Innovation Tasmania, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. He was previously Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania; responsible for health and medical research strategy for the Faculty. Additionally, he is Professor of Pharmacy and has held a personal Chair since 2000, and was Head of the School of Pharmacy until 2013.

Greg has led many state and national projects directed at improving patient outcomes in community, hospital, and aged care sectors. Greg’s research has spanned a breadth from laboratory-based research through to applied practice-based or translational research. Greg has received competitive grant funding of over $35M. He has more than 430 papers published in refereed journals, and has been an editor/chapter contributor for 12 books. Greg is still a practicing pharmacist. In 2007 he was awarded the highest honour in pharmacy – Australian Pharmacist of the Year. In 2014, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Belinda Webster

Board Director since October 2017

Belinda retired at the end of 2017 as University Secretary at the University of Tasmania, after a career including a short time in private legal practice followed by 15 years legislative drafting, after which she moved to the university sector as senior in house legal counsel at Swinburne University of Technology. That led to the offer of a position at the University of Tasmania as their first in-house legal counsel, which in turn led to about 15 years as the University’s senior governance professional.

Belinda has been on boards and committees for over 20 years, including school, sport, not-for-profit and regulatory bodies, and is currently a member of the Property Agents Board and the Tasmanian Rescue Helicopter Board. Belinda is looking forward to using her skills and experience to contribute to the work of the Cancer Council Tasmania.